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Gender Justice, Development, and Rights$
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Maxine Molyneux and Shahra Razavi

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256457

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199256454.001.0001

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Multiculturalism, Universalism, and the Claims Of Democracy

Multiculturalism, Universalism, and the Claims Of Democracy

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Gender Justice, Development, and Rights

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This chapter explores the theory that liberal universalism “erases difference” in regards to women and other cultures, and considers the conflict and agreement between feminist and multicultural agendas. It identifies a “close family relationship” between the two opposing ideas of feminism and multiculturalism. Both share a critique of universalism for falsely generalizing one sex or one culture, both address oppressions that have a common structure, and tackle issues of inequality.

Keywords:   multiculturalism, universalism, cultural relativism, democracy, feminism

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